The Road Scholar Crafts Week at Snow Farm: Woven Basket
Explore your creative side in an inspiring setting. Learn basket weaving from a professional artist as you explore old Shaker techniques and investigate contemporary basketry.
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Program No. 11272RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Create baskets inspired by an old Shaker technique. Paint your own wonderful weaving materials using heavy cotton paper and acrylic paint. Then weave one or more footed and gracefully shaped “cathead” baskets. Choose your own sizes, colors, shapes and patterns with a wide variety of samples to excite you. Investigate the possibilities of contemporary basketry. Experiment, explore and have fun! We’ll cap off the week with a student art show and wine-and-cheese reception!
Activity Level
Easy Going
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • In the heart of the picturesque Berkshire foothills, learn hands-on techniques from a professional artist.
  • Savor the culinary delights of the Snow Farm kitchen as you enjoy meals prepared with organic and natural foods, topped off with delicious homemade breads and desserts.
  • Studio explorations at the beginning and end of the week offer an exciting look at the progress of student artists who are participating in other workshops.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: The unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
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Jackie Abrams
Jackie Abrams has been a basketmaker since 1975, when she first apprenticed to an 81-year-old traditional white ash basketmaker in Chesterfield, Mass. Since 1990, she has been exploring plaiting techniques, the use of heavy cotton paper as a material, and the possibilities of contemporary basketry. She exhibits her work at shows, galleries and museums has been included in numerous books and teaches throughout the U.S., Australia, Canada and Ghana. As a teacher, she encourages exploration, experimentation and lots of laughter.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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